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Plebiscite bill defeated in the Senate

AAP logoAAP 7/11/2016

The federal government's proposed same-sex marriage plebiscite has been defeated in the Senate.

Legislation to enable a national vote was defeated 33 votes to 29, with Labor, Greens, the Nick Xenophon Team and independent Derryn Hinch opposing it.

Liberal backbencher Dean Smith was absent from the chamber, after earlier speaking out against the plebiscite.

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